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National Museum Cardiff

Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NP

Tel: 029 2039 7951
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The National Museum of Wales was founded in 1907 and houses one of Europe's finest art collections: magnificent paintings, drawings, sculpture, silver and ceramics from Wales and across the world, including an outstanding Impressionist collection.


The Museum's Japanese collection comprises almost 600 works, 470 of these being woodblock prints dating from the early 18th to late 19th centuries. Among the most interesting material is a group of 52 tea ceremony utensils, lacquer, textiles and prints collected for the Museum in Japan between 1913 and 1915 by the studio potter Bernard Leach, nephew of the National Museum's founding director.


In 1926 Miss Elizabeth Hughes (1851-1925), a pioneer of women's education, bequeathed 171 items which included 19th-century actor prints, ceramics, lacquer, textiles and metalwork (including tsuba and cloisonne enamels). Miss Hughes held a chair at the Japan Women's University, Tokyo, at the beginning of the 20th century.




Hiroshige, The 53 Stages of the Tokaido:
Hamamatsu and a Scene of Winter Fields, 1833-34
© National Museum Cardiff


Japanese tea ceremony collection,
acquired for the Museum in Japan
by Bernard Leach 1913-15
© National Museum Cardiff



Lacquered writing box (suzuribako),
Genroku period, about 1700
© National Museum Cardiff

Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III),
One of the Five Transformations:
The Footman Kite, about 1820
© National Museum Cardiff







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